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A HISTORY OF THE
Civil War in the United States.
BY J. T. HEADLEY,
AUTHOR OF NAPOLEON AND HIS MARSHALS,' WASHINGTON AND HIS GENERALS,"
WITH NUMEROUS FINE STEEL ENGRAVINGS.
In Two Volumes:
AMERICAN PUBLISHING COMPANY,
BRANCH OFFICE, COLUMBUS, OHIO.
R. C. TREAT, CHICAGO, ILL.
SOLD BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY.
ENTERED ACCORDING TO ACT OF CONGRESS, IN THE YEAR 1866, BY
AMERICAN PUBLISHING COMPANY, IN THE CLERK'S OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT COURT OF CONNECTICUT.
It is with no ordinary satisfaction and confidence that we issue this Second Volume of the History of the Great Rebellion. No other History of this mighty and memorable conflict, has won so large a favor from the American people. Mr. Headley's genius has here found a subject worthy of, and demanding its amplest resources; and he has successfully risen to the height of the great occasion. He here completes a historic record, that will be read with amazement and the deepest interest by present and future generations—the record of the sacrifices and successes of a people, sacredly cherishing the traditions and legacies of the Fathers and Founders of their Republic, and shrinking from no cost of treasure and blood necessary to subdue the most causeless and criminal insurrection against human rights and human freedom, that ever challenged a nation to the bitter and bloody arbitration of the battle field.
Ours is no dry and dreary compilation, which, even if read, can be of little profit, save to a few minds. It is not the speculations of the political theorist or philosopher, upon the causes and obscure agencies culminating in this atrocious conspiracy against the best human Government. But, it is the vivid and faithful portraiture-by an author of surpassing genius for historic delineation-of all the important events in our Civil War. From it may be got the clearest and most adequate idea of the spirit of the nation, and of the sweep and shock of its armies during these four eventful years of heroism and glory. It is a splendid and faithful panorama of a great people in arms, inspired with a sublime enthusiasm for Law and Liberty. It shows the prominent actors in the Tragedy which has held the gaze of the civilized world-some of them incompetent or un
faithful and disappearing in defeat or dishonor-others grand, heroic, moving to victory or honorable death, blessed with the prayers and love of all true patriots, and crowned with their gratitude and homage.
The delay in the completion of the work, though a pecuniary detriment to us, will however be compensated by important advantages to our subscribers. If it had been issued at the close of the conflict, it must have been written, as were some other Histories, without the aid of the official reports of Generals Grant and Sherman—the only reliable sources of information respecting the last, great and decisive campaigns of the War.
No History can possess perfect accuracy. Authorities of apparently equal claims for credence often differ, and time not infrequently makes disclosures that modify statements and judgments once regarded correct. Special effort has been made to authenticate the statements of this work by a comparison with every accessible authority, and we are confident that it has no superior, and, we think, no equal in fidelity of historical narration.
We have employed the very best Artists in the production of the fine steel engravings which embellish this volume, and though these have been executed during the period of high prices, no expense has been spared to secure in them the highest degree of excellence. The engravings of the two volumes taken together constitute a series of elegant and varied illustrations unequaled in any other History of the War.
In view of its size, its valuable portraits and other illustrations, its elegant typography, and the general excellence of its mechanical execution, we are conscious of having more than fulfilled the pledges made to our subscribers, and in anticipation of their entire satisfaction, send forth this work.
AMERICAN PUBLISHING COMPANY.
6. BATTLE OF ANTIETAM,..
7. EVACUATION OF CUMBERLAND GAP,.
8. PORTRAIT of Major-General J. C. FREMONT,..
W. S. ROSECRANS,.
15. SIEGE OF VICKSBURG,. 16. BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG,
17. PORTRAIT of General J. E. B. STEWART,
J. C. PEMBERTON,..
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.
WM. H. SEWARD, Secretary of State,...
EDWIN M. STANTON, 66
SALMON P. CHASE,
N. P. BANKS,..
O. M. MITCHELL,